After months of constant reminder via television advertisements and endorsement signs, the day millions of Americans have been waiting for is here — Election Day.
Although this election cycle doesn’t allow for voters to decide on a presidential candidate such as the 2020 election did, this election features all 435 congressional seats, 35 senate seats, and 36 gupernatorial seats up for grabs as many eyes are focused on which party will control the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
However, while much of the mainstream attention will be focused on federal races, thousands of county-level and state-level races across the country will be tabulated.
In Grays Harbor County, contested races for County Commissioner District 3, Sheriff, Assessor, and Coroner are some of the top races for voters in the county to decide. Harborites will also help decide the winners of Legislative District 19 and Legislative District 24 as well as state-wide races for Secretary of State and U.S Senator.
Follow below for minute-to-minute coverage of all election results in Grays Harbor County once polls close at 8 p.m.
9:00 p.m. — With 56% of the total vote in, Secretary of State incumbent Democrat Steve Hobbs currently holds 50% of the vote against Independent challenger Julie Anderson who is sitting at 46.9% of the vote. While Hobbs, who was appointed to the position in 2020 by Governor Jay Inslee, is vying to become the first duly elected Demoract to the Secertary of State office in nearly 60 years, Anderson is hoping to become the first Independent candidate elected to a state-wide office in Washington history.
Media outlets such as the New York Times and CNN have projected that incumbent Democrat Patty Murray will win her reelection campaign for senator against Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley. With 52% of the total vote in, Murray currently holds 57% of the vote compared to Smiley who has 43%.
8:30 p.m. — The Grays Harbor County Auditor’s Office is reporting that 16,931 ballots have been counted and the next ballot count for the county will be on Thursday, Nov. 10. As the count currently stands, Grays Harbor County Assessor incumbent Democrat Dan Lindgren has 54.45% of the counted votes compared to Republican challenger Rick Hole who has 45.45%.
In the Grays Harbor Coroner race, incumbent Democrat Bob Kegel, who has 40.78% of vote is trailing nonpartisan candidate George J. Kelley who has 58.79%.
Republican Joe MacLean (Auditor), Democrat Kym Foster (Clerk), Norma Tillotson (Prosecutor), and Kenneth Albert (Treasurer), have won their races for reelection. The four candidates ran opposed in their respective races.
8:09 p.m. – First tabulated vote drop in Grays Harbor County. Nonpartisan candidate Vickie Raines, who is vying for her third term in office currently has a nearly 10 percentage-point lead against Republican challenger Lisa Zaborac with 54.91%.
Darrin Wallace, who is vying for Grays Harbor County Sheriff, currently holds 73.41% of the vote against challenger Michael Cattlett who is sitting with 25.86% of the vote
8:00 p.m. – Polls have closed in Washington. While vote counts should start rolling in soon, Grays Harbor County Auditor Joe MacLean said that vote counts for Grays Harbor voters should be visible within 15 minutes after polls close. In Grays Harbor County, 48,386 voters are registered for the 2022 general election.